When I was growing up in the small town of Seminole, Oklahoma, I worked at the bowling center that my father and mother owned. It was a small recreation center with 12 bowling lanes, a game room, snack bar, and league bowling on weeknights. It was a great place to network and have some fun after school or work. When I was 19 years old, I rolled my first 300 game. It was surreal and a special moment achieving this goal as a teenager. One of the things about bowling is that each lane is different. Yes, they are all the same width and length with 10 pins at the end of the lane, but the ball rolled differently on each lane due to many factors such as humidity, and oil on the lane. My favorite lanes were always 3 and 4. When I bowled on these lanes, I was extremely confident knowing I was going to bowl well. However, when I knew I was going to be on the end lanes, I had it in my mind that it would be a grind and I might struggle if I didn’t keep focused.
Finding your lane also means finding your purpose! Finding your lane means that you are growing as a person, passionate about things and using your talent to impact others. It’s also about expanding your network, and being resourceful. When you are in your lane, you are confident, passionate, and focused on a bigger calling where you can make a contribution for IMPACT! If you are in a job that you enjoy, it doesn’t really feel like work, but more like a calling. The opposite is true when you’re not enjoying work, or you’re not growing or building relationships within your space.
So how do you find your lane, your passion, and purpose? It starts with YOU taking the first step… I once ready that “Action leads to confidence, and inaction leads to fear and doubt.” Tony Jeary
Are you in your lane? If not, here are 3 ways to help you get started today…
- Personal Growth Plan – What are your goals? Are you intentional about growing personally and in your career or are you waiting for others to lift you up? Have you shared your goals with your boss, and network? It may be time for you to take action by starting or changing your growth plan which should include reading books, networking, and learning from others for success – then share with people in your circle for encouragement. I have heard “the books you read and people you meet will determine your success over the next five years”. There will be times when you lose momentum, but a growth plan will help keep you focused on long term success.
- Be Resourceful – Over the last 10 years, I have learned most people want help or make impact for others, but just don’t know how to do this. The best way to be resourceful is to find ways to add value to others. Ask your network or someone you meet what you can do to help them and be intentional about finding a way to be a genuine resource – not expecting anything in return. If you are stuck, it’s okay to ask others for help too! Once you learn how to be more resourceful, you will find a lane filled with passion, and purpose!
- Get involved in an organization, or in your community. This year is my 9th year to serve as the HS Baseball announcer for Lake Dallas Baseball. Its a lot of fun, but also a commitment to be at the games even when you don’t have kids playing. I do this each year to continue growing personally, expanding my network, and serving in my community. There are lots of industry organizations, and charities that are always needing volunteers. The best part of serving is that you get so much more back than you give including developing lifelong relationships with people that will lift you up for life!
“Success to me is when you find you lane, your passion, and purpose to grow yourself, expand your network, and resources to be able to help others along the way in business and in your personal life.”
Call to action: If you have a growth plan, share it with others today. If not, start making a growth plan and include others on your journey to find an amazing lane filled with purpose.
This has been “a Relocation Minute update” on “Find Your Lane” with Bruce Waller, for more information on relocation resources, call 972-389-5673, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow me on Twitter too!